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//Thursdays with Artists from the MOCAK Collection//. Marcin Berdyszak

Thursdays with Artists from the MOCAK Collection. Marcin Berdyszak

09.03.2023 at noon, 2 pm and 5 pm

Published at:31.01.2023

To mark the 10th anniversary of the opening of MOCAK, we have launched a series of film screenings entitled Thursdays with Artists from the MOCAK Collection. As part of the project, each Thursday we will be showing interviews with artists whose works are presented in our Collection. On the day the entry to the MOCAK Collection exhibition is free.

In February and March 2023, we show an interview with Marcin Berdyszak. The artist talks about the beginnings of his artistic work and his time as a student of art and his work as a teacher, and he discusses the main motives behind his work and his dialogue with the works of other artists, as well as introducing the genesis of the work Revitalisation of Jacek Malczewski’s ‘Vicious Circle’, which is in the MOCAK Collection. The screening of the interview complements the exhibition of the artist works, which is now part of the exhibition Politics in Art >>

The projections take place on Thursdays in the audiovisual hall at noon, 2 pm and 5 pm.


Marcin Berdyszak (b. 1964)

Sculpture, installation, object, multimedia. He creates spatial installations and performative actions. Intrigued by the parameters of place and space, he has organised large scale site-specific actions. His works take up an open dialogue with artists such as Jacek Malczewski, Tadeusz Kantor, Joseph Beuys, Marcel Duchamp, René Magritte, Jasper Johns, as well as the artist’s father, Jan Berdyszak. He meticulously reprocesses motifs familiar from art history, opening up new potential for re-interpretation. He builds installations from fruit and readymade objects such as mannequins. For the latter, he creates contexts that involve designing makeup and costumes. As a result his installations become homogenous, with elements blending to the point of invisibility, thus losing their original meaning.

Graduated in painting and sculpture from the State Higher School of Visual Arts in Poznań (now the University of Fine Arts) in 1988. He has held a post at his alma mater since 1989, currently as a professor, and runs the Studio of Spatial Activities at the Faculty of Sculpture. Co-founder, together with Tadeusz Wieczorek, Piotr Pawlak and Wojciech Nowak, of Magazyn the Artistic and Educational Association. Carried out dozens of artist workshops in Poland and abroad. Selected individual exhibitions: K Gallery, Staufen (Germany); Art Exhibition Office in Jelenia Góra; Mazovian Centre for Contemporary Art Elektrownia in Radom; Muzalewska Gallery in Poznań; Polish Institute in Bratislava (Slovakia); Baltic Gallery of Contemporary Art in Słupsk; Banski Dvor – Cultural Center, Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina); Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw; Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art in Gdańsk.